Walmart has announced plans to install solar panels on up to 60 additional stores in California, expanding the company’s solar portfolio to 75% of state locations. This makes California the first state in the U.S. to receive this level of commitment from Walmart’s renewable energy practices.
"Our solar efforts in California have proven to be a great way for Walmart to build our renewable energy program," says Mack Wyckoff, senior manager of renewable energy at Walmart. "We are confident that we will continue to grow our solar energy program in the U.S. and around the world because of the initial success we have had in California."
Walmart Solar in California at a Glance
Generate up to 70 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable energy per year, which is the equivalent of powering more than 5,400 homes (according to the EPA calculator);
Avoid producing more than 21,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is the equivalent of taking approximately 4,100 cars off the road (according to the EPA calculator); and
Provide 20% to 30% of each facility's total electric needs.
Walmart's investment in solar power is anticipated to create hundreds of jobs in California through its partnership with SolarCity, which will own, install and maintain the new solar power systems. The San Mateo, Calif.-based company has added more than 500 new full-time jobs since it initiated its first Walmart solar project, and expects to hire hundreds more before the end of the year.
"Walmart's effort to expand and accelerate its solar power initiative program here in California demonstrates their commitment to sustainability. These kinds of projects create jobs, reduce costs for businesses by lowering power bills, and protect the environment," says Mary D. Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board. "We appreciate Walmart's leadership and encourage other businesses to follow Walmart's lead."